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  • Summary: Bassist Britta Phillips and guitarist Dean Wareham (each a member of the band Luna) offer a mix of originals and covers, including takes on songs by Madonna, the Silver Jews and the Doors, all produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex).
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Uncut
    If--as you should be--you're in love with Luna... you'll come over all swoonalicious to this subtly sparkling spin-off. [Dec 2003, p.130]
  2. Magnet
    An exciting blend. [#59, p.103]
  3. Like all Luna family projects, L'Avventura has a sneaky way of getting its claws into you-- background music that gets stuck in your forebrain. But also like most Luna product, this little vacation from the less-talked about half of the band starts to bend under its own uniformity of mood somewhere in the second half, and probably would've been slightly better acclimated to EP length.
  4. It all seems lushly romantic, like watching a movie where two beautiful people fall in love with each other, with a few inevitable but brief stumbles along the way.
  5. L'Avventura is a pleasant side-trip, a chance for Luna fans to see Dean let his hair down for 40 minutes.
  6. Wareham’s sideline fantasy life becomes the Luna fan’s candy-infested playground.
  7. L'Avventura is suitable for playing in grocery stores, Starbucks and parties where you don't want anyone to complain about the music -- because it goes unnoticed. It's as if someone made a mix CD of Mazzy Star's least memorable material.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. WayneL
    Jul 12, 2003
  2. stevet
    Jun 19, 2003
    I love tracks: 1,2,3,8 & 9
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jun 26, 2003
    Stick with Luna. These tracks are pleasant but soulless and bland. All of Dean Wareham's character goes to waste here.